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The Truth: Gujarat 2002

Updates
 

TEHELKA IMPACT:
WHAT THE GUJARAT SIT NEEDS TO LOOK AT

PART 4

Dance Of The Wolves
Shoddy investigation and legal subversion have saved the accused from being punished in the Sardarpura massacre where Muslims were burnt alive. There is evidence staring in the face that the new investigation must consider

PART 3

A Window To The Horror
The grisly massacre at Naroda Patiya in Ahmedabad lasted 10 hours in front of the police’s approving eyes. It’s the perfect example of how the Gujarat government orchestrated the genocide

TEHELKA BUREAU


A Compromised Commission

Retired Justice Akshay Mehta has replaced Justice KG Shah in the Nanavati-Shah Commission. He’s the same judge who granted bail to Naroda Patiya prime accused Babu Bajrangi

TEHELKA BUREAU

PART 2

All Tribulation No Trial
Key accused in the high-profile Gulbarg Society massacre in Ahmedabad are roaming free despite their admission that the police gave them a free run to kill 70 innocents, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri

TEHELKA BUREAU

PART 1

A Plot For A Pogrom
With a new probe ordered by the Supreme Court into 14 Gujarat riots cases, TEHELKA puts forward evidence uncovered by a six-month-long sting operation last year that nailed the Gujarat Police’s lies. In the first part of a series, we point out the holes in the Gujarat government’s claim that a Muslim mob wilfully burnt the Sabarmati Express coach at Godhra reports

Endgame: Justice
The Supreme Court's order to set up a special team to look afresh at Gujarat riots cases has renewed hopes of justice, writes DARSHAN DESHAI


Civil Society opposes the appointment of Bajrangi's 'apna aadmi' in the Nanavati Commission


Civil society groups are up in arms against the appointment of Justice Akshay Mehta in the two-member Nanavati commission probing the Gujarat 2002 riots.

Justice Mehta, a retired judge of High court was appointed following the death of Justice KG Shah.

Quoting TEHELKA's report on post-Godhra riots, Teesta Setalvad of the Centre for Justice and Peace said, "This Akshay Mehta is the same man who gave bail to Babu Bajrangi. His inclusion in the commission does not inspire confidence among the riot victims," Setalvad also asked, "Will this same man decide the fate of victims?"

During TEHELKA's investigation on Gujarat riots last year, Naroda Patiya massacre accused Babu Bajrangi revealed on a spycam, "Narendrabhai got me out of jail. He kept on changing judges. He set it up so as to ensure my release, otherwise I wouldn't have been out yet. ... Next he posted a judge named Akshay Mehta. He never even looked at the file or anything. He just said [bail was] granted. And we were all out. We were free."

Bajrangi also described Justice Mehta as 'apna aadmi'.

The National Human Rights Commission has now called for the Tehelka tapes for further investigation in the case. Which means that now as its member,Mehta himself will decide whether the allegation levelled against him is true or not.

The Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM), a civil rights body representing a section of the riot victims has threatened to boycott the proceedings of the commission if Justice Mehta's appointment remains unchanged. JMS advocate Mukul Sinha said, "This is absurd. No judge can decide his own case. We are not suggesting that the allegation is correct, but no one has cleared the judge. So until his name is cleared, we are going to boycott the commission," Sinha said. He also said that the manch had recommended the names of five judges after the death of Justice KG Shah but the government overlooked them and appointed Justice Mehta.

The commission is on its eighth extension till June this year. Two important issues are pending before it: an application to summon chief minister Narendra Modi the then Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia for cross-examination, and the CDs containing the phone call details during the riot period.

Set up in March 2002, the commission has so far received sworn statements of more than 4,000 riot survivors, besides examining more than 1,000 witnesses.

Read Babu Bajrangi's transcripts on Justice Akshay Mehta

CBI to look into TEHELKA’s Gujarat tapes
Overruling the Gujarat’s government’sresponse to allowing the CBI to investigate TEHELKA’s tapes on the 2002 Gujarat riots, the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) has in a full commission order decided to handover the inquiry into the TEHELKA tapes to the CBI. The NHRC said the Gujarat government had some objections to its jurisdiction to direct a CBI inquiry into the tapes, but those objections were found to be “untenable and misplaced”.The UPA government now has to accept the NHRC’s request within four weeks.

13 people convicted in Bilkis gang-rape case

Mumbai sessions court has convicted 13 people guilty in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case of Gujarat. Bilkis Bano, who was pregnant was gang-raped and beaten up by a mob during the post-Godhra riots during the massacre at Devgarh Baria village in Gujarat on March 3, 2002.Gujarat in 2002.

The trial in the case began in Ahmedabad. However, after Bilkis expressed doubts that witnesses could be harmed and the evidence tampered with, the Supreme Court in a rare move transferred the case to Mumbai in August 2004.




Footage and press release from press conferences held by Tehelka

Response to allegations that question Tehelka’s motives
Watch Footage (Oct 26) » Read Press Release (Oct 26) »

Announcing the groundbreaking investigation into the events in Gujarat 2002.
Watch Footage (Oct 25) » Read Press Release (Oct 25) »



Karnataka will follow Gujarat model: Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi created a stir for a brief while in Bangalore with his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony of the BJP-led Y S Yediyurappa government on Monday. ''Karnataka would follow the Gujarat model'', Modi said on the sidelines of ceremony in Bangalore, leading media to interpret that he was referring to the state government following 'Hindutava' agenda as was the case in Gujarat. However, BJP President Rajnath Singh was quick to clarify that Modi was only referring to the Gujarat's ''model of development'' for a clue from by the Karanataka government. said.

Source: NDTV.com
Posted: 13.15, November 14, 2007



Muslims demand 14 seats from Cong in Gujarat

Ahmedabad (PTI): Ticket seekers from the minority community have demanded at least 14 tickets from the Congress in the Gujarat Assembly election schedules to be held on December 11 and 16. The demand has brought the Congress under pressure as the minority community voters this year have more options available in the form of Bahujan Samaj Party and New Socialist Movement who have also decided to contest the elections. "We had put forward a demand before the party leadership that tickets should be given to Muslim candidates in at least 14 constituencies where the population of the community is more than 35 per cent," Gujarat Congress vice-president J V Momin said.

Source: The Hindu
Posted: 14.50, November 8, 2007



Gujarat riot castaways vent ire

Most of the foot soldiers of the 2002 riots came from lower castes of the central Gujarat region. They did rioting, killing and went on to become a votebank in the elections that followed. But now as the Assembly polls draw near, this votebank is angry. The money and legal support they were promised has vanished and instead they are facing prison time and convictions.

Pick up any chargesheet of any prominent riot case from this region like the Best Bakery, Chalali, Ghodasar or Eral case and the surnames are likely to be Parmar, Barjod, Damor - names of prominent OBC, Dalit and tribal castes. Now as legal activism leads to 800 fresh arrests and convictions, it's a votebank that is getting restless. ''There is a strong feeling among them that they have been used particularly against Muslims, they were told that they would be helped in whatever form in future, be it court cases or whatever. That didn't happen. That's the reason they could again go back to the Congress fold,'' said Dinesh Shukla, political analyst.

Source: NDTV.com
Posted: 13.10, November 7, 2007

 

Modi A Killer: Vithalbhai Pandya

Interview of Vithalbhai Pandya by Yoginder Sikand

Q: What do you feel about the recent judgment by the POTA court in the Haren Pandya murder case?

A: I firmly believe that my son Haren Pandya was killed at Modi's behest through D.G. Vanjara, head of Gujarat's Anti-Terrorist Squad and Modi's blue-eyed boy. This was because Haren was a transparent and efficient man, whom Modi thought of as a threat to his power. Haren was opposed to the worship of any individual, and so became a thorn in Modi's flesh. He was the only BJP MLA in Gujarat who did not act according to Modi's will.

Source: Countercurrents
Posted: 11.50, November 6, 2007

 

NHRC To Seek CBI Enquiry

"The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decided to direct an inquiry by the CBI into the whole episode in the light of accusations made in the programme "Operation Kalank" on the communal violence in Gujarat," the Commission said in a release. The Commission's directive comes after it viewed the tape sent by the electronic channel, which was broadcast on October 25, 2007."The allegations had far-reaching implications and raised vital constitutional issues, which need to be promptly addressed in the interest of all," the Commission said. The Gujarat government has been directed to communicate its consent for CBI investigation of the authenticity of the tapes and the allegations made therein to the Central government and the Commission within two weeks, the release said.

Source: Top News
Posted: 10.40, November 6, 2007

 

Sonia milks Tehelka in Amul town

AHMEDABAD/ANAND: For fear of polarising votes, if the Gujarat Congress leaders were confused about their stand on the Tehelka sting, which brought alive the horrendous tales of the 2002 massacres, Sonia Gandhi sorted out the dilemma on Saturday, attacking the BJP for "dragging Lord Ram into its dirty politics".Addressing a mammoth ‘mahila samman sammellan’ outside a bustling residential locality in this milk capital, Gandhi chose to interpret the post-Godhra riots as a personal attack on the women’s self-respect during Modi’s regime and said now was their chance to throw this "misgovernment" out. Gandhi told the crowd that it was time to choose between the Congress or the BJP which "wants to make us a heartless society".

Source: Times of India
Posted: 16.30, November 5, 2007

 

Maya’s elephant to enter Gujarat, target Modi

The elephant is ready for the Gujarat election battle. BSP chief Mayawati has announced that her party, like in Himachal Pradesh, will go it alone and contest all 182 Assembly seats.In the 2002 Gujarat elections, Mayawati — who was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister then — had campaigned for Narendra Modi. But this time she has changed sides — the chief minister is her target. The BSP slogan says it all: Haathi nahi Gajraj hai, Modi ka Yamraj hai (It’s not an elephant... It is the messenger of Modi’s death). The party’s maiden entry can only split the anti-BJP votes, more so because its state unit is led by former BJP dissident Nalin Bhatt.

Source: Hindustan Times
Posted: 11.30, November 5, 2007

 

HC dismisses Zakia’s FIR petition against Modi

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court today dismissed the petition filed by Zakia Jafri wife of slain former MP Ehsan Jafri and the Citizens for Peace and Justice seeking an order directing the police to lodge an FIR against Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others for their involvement in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Hearing the matter, a single judge bench of Justice M R Shah directed the petitioners to seek the alternative remedy available, which is making the application for the same before a judicial magistrate. The court said that it couldn't direct the police to lodge an FIR as long as there was an alternative remedy available.

Source: Indian Express
Posted: 12.40, November 3, 2007

 

The Silence of the Lambs

SHOMA CHAUDHURY

We are all tempted to forget. Tempted to shake our heads at “mind-numbing” horror and get sucked back into the urgencies of our own day. Tempted to lose ourselves in the delight of our children and the distractions of our rich lives. Tempted to impute sinister motives or just look the other way. We are tempted, but we must not give in. Because what Tehelka’s chilling investigation last week showed is not just about Narendra Modi and some lumpen Hindus. It’s about you and me and who we are as people. Read

Source: TEHELKA
Posted: 10.20, November 3, 2007

 

Civil Society Protests in Gujarat

More than a thousand citizens from all walks of life demonstrated on Thursday at the Gandhi Statue in the heart of Ahmedabad, to register their moral outrage at the shocking disclosures made in the Tehelka-AajTak expose on the post-Godhra Carnage of 2002. The protestors strongly and vocally demanded that:

1. The Central Government should issue an Ordinance suitably amending the provision of the Delhi Police Establishment Act which requires the consent of the State Government for investigating any matter by the CBI and immediately order the entire matter be investigated by the CBI;
2. The BJP as the principal party in power at the Centre then, and in the State as well, take moral responsibility for the crimes committed in 2002, and issue a strong condemnation of those involved in the crimes and shown in the tapes;
3. The State administration take immediate steps to cancel the bail of all those named in the tapes, viz. Babu Bajrangi, Jaydeep Patel, and all others accused in the various cases related to post-Godhra violence, who have been caught on tape confessing to the same, and who are currently out on bail;
4. There be a re-telecast of the expose, since most of the State have been unable to view the same, on account of the unconstitutional ban on the channels for more than 24 hours;
5. That all public prosecutors and judges in all cases related to 2002, be re-examined for their proximity or connection to Sangh Parivar outfits, and make fresh appointments;
6. The police officers named in the tapes be suspended forthwith, and legal proceedings be initiated against them.

Three demonstrators were taken into custody, following which they went on a massive rally to the Navrangpura Police Station to register their complaint against the highhandedness of the police. The demonstrators spent almost two hours at the Navrangpura Police Station when the Police decided to arrest fifteen of them without any substantial reason. Prominent among those arrested, were Mr. Hiren Gandhi (Theatre Activist) and Dr. Saroop Dhruv (Activist and Academician) who were among the key-organisers of the dharna.

Source: Gujarat Na Nagriko (Citizens of Gujarat)
Posted: 11.20, November 2, 2007


NHRC views Tehelka tapes on Gujarat riots

The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday viewed the Tehelka expose on Gujarat riots aired recently in a private news channel and is likely to take a decision on the future course of action on Thursday. Taking suo motu cognisance of the sting operation, the NHRC had asked Aaj Tak news channel to submit the two tapes before it and the panel received it on Tuesday.

Source: Sify.com
Posted: 12.40, November 1, 2007

 

Gujarat riots were inhuman, says Sonia

NEW DELHI: In her first reaction to the sting operation conducted by Tehelka on the Gujarat riots, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that the “recent expose revealed that what had happened in Gujarat was inhuman". She also made it clear that her party would not pull any punches in taking on those behind the communal carnage. “It's the primary responsibility of civil society and all Congressmen to fight this scourge,” she said at a function held to confer the Indira Gandhi National Integration Award. Sonia added, “If we don't fight these communal and anti social forces, they will one day become a huge danger to secular and democratic structure of the country".

Source: DNA
Posted: 11.10, November 1, 2007


Tehelka Tapes filed in Gujarat HC

PRESS RELEASE

Mrs. Zakia Nasim Ahsan Jafri has filed an affidavit urging Justice MR Shah of the Gujarat High Court to take cognisance of Tehelka's Operation Kalank in the case filed demanding registration of an FIR against Narendra Modi and 62 others. Mrs Jaffri and Citizens for Justice and Peace had filed this petition on May 1, 2007 and arguments had been completed in early September 2007 (Special Criminal Application No 421 of 2007) . The matter is pending judgement in the Gujarat high court.

Stating in the affidavit that she is a victim survivor who lost her husband in a mass carnage at Gulberg society on February 28, 2002, Mrs Jaffri says that she has asked for an FIR to be registered against Shri Modi and others on grounds of mass murder and criminal conspiracy. Now, Mrs Jaffri states, following the Tehelka expose, telecast by the electronic media on 25.10.2007 that reaffirms the allegations made by the petitioners as also the fresh allegations against other accused, there is even stronger evidence against the chief minister his cabinet, other conspirators in the state cabinet and IAS and IPS officials. This evidence needs to be considered by the high court that is deliberating the matter.

Source: Citizens For Peace And Justice
Posted: 14.15, October 31, 2007

Gujarat riots: 8 get life term

A Godhra sessions court on Tuesday sentenced eight people to life imprisonment for one of Gujarat's most brutal riots in Eral during the post-Godhra riots. The court convicted 11 of the 40 accused, but acquitted the remaining 29. Chandradeep Parmar, former BJP president Kalol taluka panchayat, and some VHP leaders were among the eight people convicted for burning a family alive after raping two girls.

Source: IBN Live
Posted: 11.40, October 30, 2007

Govt to meet on news channel blackout

New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi is expected to convene a meeting on Tuesday to review the blackout of news channels in Gujarat after they aired a sting on Godhra riots of 2002. The District Collector of Ahmedabad ordered the channels off air on October 26. CNN-IBN, IBN7, NDTV and Aaj Tak were taken off air after they aired the sting. The administration justified the move claiming the channels were violating Clause 5 of the Cable TV Network Regulation Act.

Source: IBN Live
Posted: 11.40, October 30, 2007



Gujarat govt submits Tehelka CD

The Gujarat government has submitted a CD of the Tehelka expose to the Nanavati Commission, which is inquiring into the Godhra violence and the following riots. What’s surprising is that the state government, which was the target of the Tehelka sting, has itself submitted a TV recording of the expose to the commission. Sources say the state government has asked the commission to put the tapes on record. While the state Law Minister, Ashok Bhatt refused to comment on the issue, many insiders believe that with elections round the corner, the move was politically loaded. Chief Minister Narendra Modi is trying to send a signal that he didn't fear any inquiry.

Source: NDTV.com
Posted: 10.10, October 30, 2007


Let the people decide: Modi

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declined to comment on the Tehelka exposè on the post-Godhra communal riots in the State in 2002.

Without referring to the exposè, Mr. Modi said he had decided not to react to the “abuses and criticism” being heaped on him from various quarters. It would be for the people to decide the truth and not for him to react to every “abuse hurled at him.”

Source: The Hindu
Posted: 14.10, October 29, 2007

Gujarat Pogroms: Take Immediate Action

PRESS RELEASE

The shocking and graphic details of the massacre of the minority community in Gujarat in 2002 have been brought out by the perpetrators themselves in the Tehelka footage shown on television. It has confirmed what is well known that the 2002 violence in Gujarat was a State-sponsored one. The Chief Minister Modi and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation of human rights and subversion of the Constitution. A number of cases pertaining to the Gujarat killings are before the Supreme Court. There has been a great delay in disposing of these cases and bringing the culprits to book. The Tehelka tapes should be taken as prime facie evidence and the Supreme Court and the Central Government should move expeditiously to see that all those guilty are brought to justice. The Central Government and the law enforcement agencies have a special responsibility in this regard.

Source: CPI(M) Polit Bureau
Posted: 10.40, October 29, 2007

Religious leaders shocked at Tehelka revelations

Mumbai : Several spiritual and religious leaders including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Swami Agnivesh Saturday said that those behind Gujarat's communal violence of 2002 "should be ex-communicated from the Hindu fold". While lauding the courage of the Tehelka journalists for its undercover operation on the perpetrators of violence, the leaders associated with Sarva Dharam Sansad ('Parliament of Religions') said that the conduct of those responsible for such cold-blooded crimes distorts the spirit of Hindu thought and philosophy.

Source: Two Circles.net
Posted: 09.50, October 29, 2007

Arvind Pandya Resigns, Files FIR Against Reporter

TEHELKA Bureau

Arvind Pandya, Gujarat State Counsel who admitted on camera how he hopes to subvert the cause of justice in the Gujarat carnage, has resigned from his position. Among other things, Pandya said on camera that “Were Modi not a minister, he would have burst bombs”. In a press conference, he claimed that the undercover reporter had given him a “script” to read, which is what is seen on the tape. Pandya has also filed an FIR against Aaj Tak Gujarat Bureau Chief Dhimant Purohit, under several sections ranging from “criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and fraud”. He claimed that he had very good relations with Purohit and he misused them. Purohit has so far not been given a copy of the FIR by police authorities. Purohit has decribed the allegations as false and baseless.

Source: TEHELKA Bureau
Posted: 20.10, October 27, 2007



Teesta Setalvad moves SC on Tehelka sting

Social activist Teesta Setalvad has moved the Supreme Court, urging it to look into the Tehelka sting. Teesta, in her application, said Tehelka records should be used as evidence in the riot cases. She has also sought action against those people who have made on-camera confessions. Setalvad has also urged the court to speed up the riot cases pending since November 2003 because the security of the witnesses was at stake.

Source: NDTV.com
Posted: 17.10, October 27, 2007

'They Have To Stop Picking On The Messenger'

Tehelka’s Editor-in-Chief Tarun J Tejpal responds to allegations that question Tehelka’s motives, saying that it’s a low political ploy to take attention off the real issue – the Gujarat government’s unmistakable complicity in the heinous crimes of 2002. Read

Source: TEHELKA
Posted: 13.15, October 27, 2007

Murder Will Out: Responses in the Press

The English press in India has been playing this story in a muted, cautious manner. Strong statements are only coming from the most improbable quarter.The Hindu gave it four-inches on Pg 12, where they reprinted a newswire report. The Hindustan Times ran their own story on Pg 13, emphasising that “Tehelka says… but we don’t.” The Indian Express gave it the most inches on Pg 1, under the header: “Sting traps footsoldiers of Gujarat riots boasting about killings with state support,” but made no editorial statements. Who would have guessed that it would be the Times of India that, under the header “Guj Rioters Brag About Killings,” actually had the guts to say this: “Indeed the phrase “state-sponsored genocide,” often bandied about by activists, may not be an exaggeration if these claims of rioters are correct.”

Source: Pass The Roti (Blog)
Posted: 12.50, October 27, 2007



A reminder about an unfinished business

EDITORIAL

W
hile Tehelka has jogged our memories and shown us what is deemed to be another visible and horrifying aspect of the Gujarat riots, the job is pending with the Nanavati Commission. Surely, any delay in starting the judicial process against the killers and their abettors — and there were abettors in the state official machinery — will be a delay in bringing justice not only to victims in Gujarat but also to the nation. Instead of sinking into the quicksand of politics that is bound to develop from the Tehelka ‘exposé’ in the months leading up to the December polls in Gujarat, let the Commission findings be expedited fast. Before a very real genocide turns into a myth that turns into a rumour that no hand of the law will be able to touch.

Source: Hindustan Times
Posted: 11.50, October 27, 2007

After sting, Modi takes on media

A day after Tehelka magazine's sting operation revealing gory details of the Gujarat riots in 2002, news channels in Ahmedabad were the first target of Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anger.Ahmedabad collector Dhananjay Dwivedi ordered the channels showing Tehelka expose to go off air in the city. He said airing of the sting could disturb communal peace in Ahmedabad.Reacting to the move, the Election Commission has asked for an explanation from the collector for banning the channels.

Source: NDTV.com
Posted: 11.15, October 27, 2007

Congress wary of all-out attack

NEW DELHI: Congress has decided against dragging the Tehelka expose on 2002 riots in the run-up to Gujarat elections, even as the party on Friday called for Chief Minister Narendra Modi's resignation in the wake of televised confessions of members of saffron family that it was a state-sponsored genocide. While spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said called for Modi's head to save the constitution and the civilised society, she carefully avoided bringing the Centre into picture, putting the ball in the court of judiciary. Insiders termed the initial reaction as "mandatory", stressing party is not interested in carrying it further, lest it whips up a Hindu sentiment. The party would strongly avoid any campaign on riots in Gujarat.

Source: Times Of India
Posted: 10.30, October 27, 2007

Television Channels Banned In Gujarat

TEHELKA Bureau

TEHELKA has recieved a confirmed report that the Ahmedabad District Collector has ordered cable operators to take the TV channels Aaj Tak and IBN7 off air citing "law and order problems" in the district.

Source: TEHELKA Bureau
Posted: 21.30, October 26, 2007

Exposé on Deadly Riots in India

By Rama Lakshmi
Washington Post Foreign Service

NEW DELHI, Oct. 25 -- Five years after one of India's worst episodes of Hindu-Muslim violence, a series of videotaped confessions released Thursday showed Hindu activists acknowledging their roles in the killings and detailing blatant state collusion.

In the video footage, recorded as part of an undercover investigation by a New Delhi-based weekly magazine called Tehelka, Hindu activists and politicians bragged about hacking Muslims to death and burning their bodies. One assailant said he slit open a pregnant woman's stomach.

Source: Washington Post
Posted: 20.40, October 26, 2007

'Tehelka footage can be taken as evidence'

New Delhi: Blaming the Narendra Modi government for the 2002 Gujarat communal violence, CPM on Friday said the Tehelka tapes showing "shocking and graphic details" of the massacre should be taken as prima facie evidence and those guilty brought to book expeditiously.

In a statement, the party said the Centre and the law enorcement agencies have a "special responsibility" in this regard. "The Chief Minister (Narendra) Modi and his government were fully responsible for this gross violation of human rights and subversion of the Constitution," the CPM said.

Source: The Week
Posted: 18.15, October 26, 2007

The Echo Chamber

Moments after 7 pm yesterday, we knew the Gujarat riots formed the subject matter of the latest Tehelka expose. And, without sitting through the television coverage on Aaj Tak and Headlines Today, you knew broadly what the reaction was going to be. Scanning blogs, comments on message boards, I am not disappointed: the reaction is exactly on the lines I had anticipated. It is the predictably ad hominem nature of public discourse that I find most startling— no matter what is being discussed, the echo chamber, in an impressive display of collective paranoia, turns it around into an us versus them debate, in which the actual issue becomes irrelevant except as a peg to hang such diatribes on.

Source: Prem Panicker (Blog)
Posted: 17.55, October 26, 2007

Poll: Will law catch up with Modi?

The question, therefore, is: will the long arm of the law finally catch up with chief scientist Narendra Modi who now stands squarely exposed in the town centre? Or will he, like Bal Thackeray of Bombay 1993 and the Bhagats and Tytlers of 1984, walk free till all but the very end? Should the UPA government act to demonstrate that there is something called law and order? Or will it cringe because it might help Modi in “polarising the Hindu vote” in the run-up the assembly elections? Should the Supreme Court take suo motu notice of the murderous machinations of the “Modern-Day Nero“? Or, arise Jaya Jaitely, are all sting operations fabricated until proven genuine?

Source: Churumuri (Blog)
Posted: 15.35, October 26, 2007

Lalu for arrest of Modi, Advani

Accusing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Kishenchand Advani of "orchestrating mass murder" in Gujarat after the Godhra train inferno, Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday demanded their immediate arrest in the wake of the Tehelka sting operation. "The sting operation by Tehelka has exposed Modi's deep involvement in the post-Godhra Gujarat riots. Since Modi enjoys the patronage of senior BJP leader L K Advani, the opposition leader in the Lok Sabha, the latter cannot escape culpability for the mass murder," Lalu told reporters in Patna.

Source: Rediff.com
Posted: 14.45, October 26, 2007

Prima facie, we can take cognisance: Nanavati

Justice G T Nanavati, who along with Justice K G Shah, is probing the Gujarat riots said tonight that he was unable to watch the sting broadcast on Aaj Tak but when told about it, he said: “I will see the transcript tomorrow. Prima facie, it appears we can take cognisance of what those caught on camera were saying and take note of that.”

Source: Indian Express
Posted: 12.50, October 26, 2007

Cautious Congress questions timing of Modi sting

The Congress was cautious in its reaction to the sting operation conducted by a weekly that purportedly provided clinching evidence of Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s role in post-Godhra riots in Gujarat in 2002. Far from going ballistic against the CM as could be expected from an Opposition party in times of election, the Congress questioned the timing of the disclosures.

Source: Indian Express
Posted: 12.50, October 26, 2007

Indian Americans Demand Arrest of Perpetrators of Pogroms

PRESS RELEASE: We demand that the Central government take immediate steps to arrest those who are seen proudly admitting on camera to these crimes against humanity and to intervene in the state of Gujarat under the provisions of the Indian constitution. We request the Indian diaspora to contact the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and union home minister Shivraj V. Patel demanding action against the perpetrators.

Source: Coalition Against Genocide
Posted: 11.35, October 26, 2007

Tehelka Tapes Confirm Supreme Court Concerns

The [Tehelka] revelations undoubtedly confirm the Supreme Court’s unprecedented strictures against Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The apex court had described Gujarat government as “the modern day Nero’’ while pointing out the State’s inertia in apprehending the key accused in a post-Godhra riot case. An anguished Bench comprising Justices BN Agrawal and AK Mathur had observed that either the police was “conniving’’ with the accused or was “worthless”. "When fences start to swallow the crops, no scope will be left for survival of law and order or truth and justice. Public order as well as public interest become martyrs and monuments’’, the apex court said.

Source: DNA
Posted: 11.10, October 26, 2007

Credibility Concerns Irrelevant

Modi Lovers raise fingers on the credibility of Tehelka. Credibility of media. And go on to point that Modi has given corruption free development to Gujarat, his popularity and how this will not affect his chances in the poll. I wonder: How is Tehelka’s credibility relevant? If a doctor shows you a diagnosis which indicates you have cancer, would you point out to the boil on the doctors hand to prove that you can’t have cancer?

Source: My Thoughts (Blog)
Posted: 10.20, October 26, 2007

Put Modi Behind Bars, Left Asks Centre

Left parties reacted strongly to the findings of the sting operation by Tehelka magazine, and asked the UPA government to act immediately and put Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi behind bars as “he is the main culprit and organiser of the Gujarat genocide.” They said what had been in the realm of speculation has now been proved beyond doubt. CPI leaders AB Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said Modi has no right to continue in the office now.

Source: IBN Live
Posted: 22.40, October 25, 2007

"Dirty Tricks", Says BJP

BJP spokesman Prakash Javedekar said the "dirty tricks department" of the Congress was working to tarnish BJP at the time of the Assembly elections in Gujarat. The Party accused Tehelka of acting as "CIA (Congress Investigating Agency) and it was a collusive sting which could hardly be called investigative journalism."

Source: Times Of India
Posted: 22.10, October 25, 2007


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